DepEd Allows 654 Schools to Hike Tuition

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DepEd Allows 654 Schools to Hike Tuition


Hernando-Malipot , Merlina, Manila Bulletin


By Merlina Hernando-Malipot

The Department of Education (DepEd) on Thursday confirmed that 654 out of the 901 private elementary and secondary schools nationwide that applied for adjustment were allowed to implement increases in tuition and other fees this coming school year.

According to DepEd, 556 private schools applied for tuition hike before the enforcement of the community quarantine, while 345 private schools applied during the lockdown.

But after approving the increase in tuition and other fees, DepEd appealed to private schools in basic education nationwide to "defer increases" in tuition and other miscellaneous fees or charges for the coming school year amid the COVID-19 situation in the country.

In an advisory, DepEd said private schools should reconsider implementing tuition hike this School Year (SY) 2020-2021 in "view of the financial constraints that parents and learners are expected to face due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation."

DepEd said it is "practicable" for private schools to defer increases on tuition and other school fees when they start classes this coming school year. It added that it shall "endeavor to make any application of private schools of tuition increases transparent and reasonable, in accordance with the applicable laws and rules and regulations."

While DepEd recognizes the need to ensure the sustainability of private educational institutions so that they may continue to be viable partners in the delivery of quality basic education services in the country, the agency stressed this "objective must be balanced with the accessibility of these services to learners, particularly those whose families are experiencing financial difficulties brought by the imposition of necessary COVID19 management measures."

Likewise, DepEd also calls on private schools to ensure "transparency in the structure of tuition fees and miscellaneous charges for this school year." DepEd said that there have also been concerns over certain school charges that are not consistent with distance learning. "We understand that there are new expenses that come with distance learning, but there are also diminished expenses in light of the major change in learning delivery modality," it added.

In its appeal, DepEd cited Section 42 of Batas Pambansa Blg. 232 or the "Education Act of 1982" which provides, "Each private school shall determine its rate of tuition and other school fees or charges. …

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